February 22, 2012 Subject:
As has been stated before, this film is mostly interesting as a period piece: flappers, the Canadian wilderness n the 1920s, prohibition jokes, shots at the French-Canadians.
It really isn't so much of a werewolf movie as a movie about a love triangle about an heiress, the manager of one of her logging camps and her suiter surgeon. The werewolf stuff only begins about half way through the movie, with the suggestion that the logging manager may have killed a local rival because he had a transfusion of wolf blood (was blood transfusion a new thing at the time?). There are some cool double expose wolf scenes but nothing supernatural occurs.
Worth your time if you know what you are getting into.
January 8, 2011 Subject:
Best Werewolf Film Ever
This is a kind of a plot spoiler, so think about reading it before watching the film.
There is nothing supernatural about this picture. Instead, while keeping up the suspense for viewers who don't know this, it's a powerful testament against human superstition and paranoia.
August 7, 2010 Subject:
..Ya Get A Look At Logging Operations Of The 20s..Back When A Two Story House Cost $700..As A Movie..Eh..Sound Would Come In The Folowing Year..Sending These Relics Into Obscurity..Except For Chaplin Who Went Kicking & Screaming Into The Sound Era 14 Years Later With The Release Of The Great Dictator (10-15-40)..!
Reviewer:Captain Kronos -
April 23, 2010 Subject:
Scenery needs chewing
As a historical artefact, this film has its interesting moments. As a film, it leaves a furry taste in your mouth-- from having fallen asleep.
So, we have a werewolf movie without the lycanthropy, set in the Canadian wilderness with Prohibition laws, inhabited by an evil French-Canadien 'half-breed' with a bad pseudo-Mexican accent. Anyone else getting confused? And the period details that aren't dull as dishwater (fast women taking off their corsetry before going to the party) are more horrifying than being eaten by wolves.
Essentially, this film has two morals: Demon alcohol will make you stupid and exploitable, and one drop of wolf blood will make you more animal than man. Say what?! "One drop"? Oh dear...
Just ignore the racist subtext and look at the pretty wilderness shots. The ghostly wolves are haunting as well, if VERY underused. Really, just a story with no bite to it.